Obituaries | In Memory of

Obituaries, In Memory of

Henry “Bud” Greathouse


Rev. Henry “Bud” Greathouse

Age 83, of Oxford Road, West Union, WV, died Friday, October 07, 2011, at his residence after an extended illness.

He was born January 10, 1928, the son of the Henry George Greathouse and Vallie Gay Jones Greathouse.

He was retired minster serving with the Union Mission Conference and later with the United Christian Conference; he also had retired from the Doddridge County Department of Highway as a truck driver. He was an avid coon hunter, and enjoyed reading his bible and listening to gospel music. He loved to visit with family and friends.

He is survived by children, Earine Dee Greathouse, and wife Regina, West Union, Duane Greathouse, and wife Lisa, Weirton, WV, Wayne Greathouse, and companion Ashley, Clarksburg, Connie Baker and husband Rocklin, Pennsboro, Ellen America, and husband Otis, Central Station, and Marlene Greathouse, and companion, Michael, West Union; one brother, Roger Greathouse, West Union; one sister, Carolyn Shackelford, Ohio; nineteen grandchildren and several great grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, Bud was preceded in death by his wife Ilean Pearl Hart Greathouse whom he married October 20, 1952, son, Micheal Greathouse, infant daughter, three sisters and one brother.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, October 11, 2011, at the McCullough-Rogers Funeral Home, Pennsboro, WV, at 11:00 AM with the Rev. Roger Morrison officiating.

Burial will follow in the Spurgeon Cemetery, near Grove, WV.

Friends may call at the funeral home, Sunday, October 10, 2011, from 4:00 until 8:00 PM and after 9:00 AM on the day of the service.

Mary Ellen (Killingsworth-Newman) Shachat


Mary Ellen (Killingsworth-Newman) Shachat

Age 73, currently of Bluffton, SC (formerly of Annapolis, MD and Clarksburg, WV) passed unexpectedly while traveling in New Mexico on Sunday, October 02, 2011.

Mary Ellen was born July 11, 1938 in Clarksburg, WV, a daughter of the late D.E. and Beatrice (Ritter) Killingsworth. She was a graduate of the former Washington Irving High School in Clarksburg, WV. Mary Ellen received her Bachelors Degree from The Ohio State University in Columbus, OH, and earned Master’s Degrees from both West Virginia University in Morgantown, WV and from Hood College in Frederick, MD in Interior Design.

Completing her professional career employed at the University of Maryland, Mary Ellen also worked at Penn State University and The Ohio State Universitiy, as part of their extension education faculty. Mary Ellen was a member of the National Council on Family Relations and Certified Family Life Educator, the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences where she served as past president for the Maryland Chapter, and was a secretary for the South Carolina Chapter. Mary Ellen was also a member of the American Society of Interior Designers.

Mary Ellen is survived by her loving husband, Dr. David Shachat, Bluffton, SC; children, James B. Newman, Parkton, MD; Lori Ellen (Newman) Joseph / Gerald of Choctaw, OK; Jonathan Newman, Boston, MA; stepchildren, Keith Shachat of Seoul, South Korea; Jason Shachat of Xiamen, China; Stephanie Shachat, Seattle, WA; sister, Ann Carey (Killingsworth) Smith / Edward Harrisville, WV; brother, Don B. Killingsworth / Nancy Buckhannon, WV; grandchildren, Brandon, Kristin, Jonathan, and Jason; many nieces, nephews, loving and devoted family and friends both far and wide, especially near her beloved child hood home on W. Pike Street in Clarksburg, WV.

In addition to her parents, Mary Ellen was preceded in death by her daughter, Linda Anne Newman.

Funeral Services will be 3:30 PM on Monday, October 10, 2011, at the Raiguel Funeral Home, Harrisville.

Burial will follow in the Harrisville IOOF Cemetery.

Friends may call the funeral home from 4:00 - 8:00 PM on Sunday, October 09, 2011 and from 1:00 - 3:30 PM on Monday.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations in Mary Ellen’s name be made to the pharmacy scholarship of Linda Ann Newman through the WVU Foundation 1 Waterfront Pl. #7, Morgantown, WV 26501.

Barbara Dell (Fortney) Keister


Barbara Dell (Fortney) Keister

Age 73, of 124 1st Street Weston, West Virginia went home to be with the Lord Friday, October 07, 2011 in United Hospital Center of Bridgeport following an extended illness.

She was born in Weston in Lewis County on May 05, 1938: daughter of the late Benjamin Franklin Fortney and Wanda Hilda (Heckert) Fortney.

Mrs. Keister is survived by four children: Anita (Randy) White of Alum Bridge (grandchild Hunter), Crystal (Ronnie) Beeson of Weston (grandchildren Ronda, Forrest, and Azzlea), Debbie (Chip) Queen of Jane Lew (grandchildren Jason and Jamie; great grandchildren Riley and Keaton) and Randy (Kim) Keister of Bowling Green, KY (grandchildren Paige ,Beca and Chase; great grandchild Paisley) and several nieces and nephews. She was particularly close with her nephew Charles Ruppert and nieces: Wanda Lou Taylor , Barbara Autrey and Bridget (Fortney) Bazzinotti. Barbara is also survived by her former husband: James Larry Keister. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Keister was preceded in death by four sisters: Arzetta Fortney, Evalena Grant, Maxine Ruppert and Hilda Loubell Ruppert and two brothers: Frank (Bud) Fortney and Charles (Chuck) Fortney.

Barbara was a protestant and attended Lost Creek Church of God. She was a home health provider for a number of years and truly enjoyed helping others. Some of her hobbies and interests included playing Bingo, sewing, working puzzles and cooking.

She will be remembered for her zest for life and easy going sense of humor. She never met a stranger and her greatest joy in life were serving the Lord and spending time with her family and friends. Our loss is Heavens gain.

Family and friends will be received at the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home 730 N. Main Avenue Weston on Sunday, October 09, 2011 from 4:00 - 8:00 PM.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, October 10, 2011 at 2:00 PM from the Hardman-Palett Funeral Home chapel with Reverend Ronnie Beeson and Reverend Stephen White officiating.

Interment will follow services in Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens of Jane Lew, WV.

Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is in charge of arrangements for Barbara Dell (Fortney) Keister.

Charles Leonard Murphy


Charles Leonard Murphy

Age 84 of Nitro, formerly of Cottle, WV passed away Thursday, October 06, 2011 at Hubbard Hospice House after a long illness.

Leonard was born October 29, 1926 in Morris, WV (Braxton County) to the late Edmund and Lucy Adkins Murphy.

He is preceded in death by his brother Herald Murphy, Bernard Murphy, Herman Murphy, and Buren Murphy, sister, Evelyene Long, and grandsons, David Southall, and Barry Southall.

Leonard proudly served in the Army during World War II. He was coal miner for 40 years and a member of the UMWA.  He had a love for gospel music and genealogy.

He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Lucille Johnston Murphy of Nitro, WV, daughter Joyce Southall and husband David of Nitro, and son, Charles Murphy and wife Patricia of Charleston, WV, sister, Margie Crislip and husband Terry of Burnsville, WV.  Also, surviving are grandchildren Jason and wife Erin Southall of Barboursville, WV, Bennett Murphy and Mikalyn Murphy of Charleston, WV, and great-grandchildren Ethan, Jaxon, and Ryanne Southall all of Barboursville, WV, also eight step great-grandchildren.

The family would like to thank the staff of Hubbard Hospice House, Scott, Jennifer, and Heather for their care.

Services will be held at Green Robertson Funeral Home, Monday October 10, 2011 at 11:00 AM with Rev. Lynn Schiefer officiating.

Friends may call one hour prior to service.

Burial followed at the West Virginia Memorial Gardens, Calivn, WV.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Hubbard Hospice House, 1606 Kanawha Blvd. W. Charleston, WV, 25312.

Greene-Robertson Funeral Home, Sutton, WV is humbled serve the Murphy family. 

Steve Jobs R.I.P


I’m an Apple Guy.

I’ve been an Apple Guy since the beginning. The Courant recently gave me a Droid, but if I were spending my own hard-earned money, it would’ve been on an iPhone.

I’m told that Apple products are “intuitive,” that they work the way you think they should and I agree.

Windows people like to add unnecessary clicks, like the whole thing is a game that has to be figured out. I sense that attitude with the Droid. As I play around with it, I think, “That doesn’t make sense,” or, “Why can’t I do that?” “Shouldn’t there be a shortcut?”

Steve Jobs was an artist and his medium was computers. He didn’t invent computers but he made them fun. He made them seem human. Apple computers are the backbone of the graphics industry. Although The Courant uses more PCs than any other kind of computer, the artists all have Apples.

Jobs’ story is an American story and should be studied. He’s an example of my campaign to not send every kid to college, although I encourage some type of post-high school education. Art school, trade school, nursing — something — but college isn’t for everyone and it wasn’t for Steve Jobs.

I feel bad for Jobs’ family, his wife and especially his four kids. To them he was just dad.

~~  By Bob Englehart ~~

Steve Jobs – 1955 - 2011

Steve Jobs, the Apple founder and former CEO who since 1976 has always spoken his mind—to the delight of his advocates and the dismay of his detractors—has died.

And for Jobs, whose resume twice cites “the vision thing,“ has given us some truly memorable quotes.


Even though we’ve been using these internally for some time and working on it for a few years, you still have butterflies in your stomach the week before…the night before introduction…the launch.… You never know until you get it into your customers’ hands and they tell you what they think. The feedback we’ve got has been off the charts. We think this is a profound game-changer. We think when people look back some number of years from now, they’ll see this as a major event in personal computation devices. What’s been really great for me is how quickly people have got it. You know, I’ve gotten a few thousand emails from people I’ve never talked to before just telling me how much they think this product is going to change their life and what they do. People are getting it very quickly.

~~  Apple event for iPhone 4.0 software, April 08, 2010 ~~

Apple’s Existence

What if Apple didn’t exist? Think about it. Time wouldn’t get published next week. Some 70% of the newspapers in the U.S. wouldn’t publish tomorrow morning. Some 60% of the kids wouldn’t have computers; 64% of the teachers wouldn’t have computers. More than half the Websites created on Macs wouldn’t exist. So there’s something worth saving here. See?

~~  Time, August 18, 1997 ~~


The problem is, in hardware you can’t build a computer that’s twice as good as anyone else’s anymore. Too many people know how to do it. You’re lucky if you do one that’s one-and-a-third times better or one-and-a-half times better. And then it’s only six months before everybody else catches up.

~~  Rolling Stone, June 16, 1994 ~~

Computers as Tools

What a computer is to me is the most remarkable tool that we have ever come up with. It’s the equivalent of a bicycle for our minds.

~~  Memory & Imagination, 1990 ~~

Customer Loyalty

I get asked a lot why Apple’s customers are so loyal. It’s not because they belong to the Church of Mac! That’s ridiculous. It’s because when you buy our products, and three months later you get stuck on something, you quickly figure out [how to get past it]. And you think, “Wow, someone over there at Apple actually thought of this!”…. There’s almost no product in the world that you have that experience with, but you have it with a Mac. And you have it with an iPod.

~~  Bloomberg Businessweek, October 12, 2004


Apple has some tremendous assets, but I believe without some attention, the company could, could, could—I’m searching for the right word— could, could die.

~~  Time, August 18, 1997 ~~

Dent In the Universe

Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn’t matter to me.… Going to bed at night saying we’ve done something wonderful—that’s what matters to me.

~~  CNNMoney / Fortune, May 25, 1993 ~~


Apple’s the only company left in this industry that designs the whole widget. Hardware, software, developer relations, marketing. It turns out that that, in my opinion, is Apple’s greatest strategic advantage. We didn’t have a plan, so it looked like this was a tremendous deficit. But with a plan, it’s Apple’s core strategic advantage, if you believe that there’s still room for innovation in this industry, which I do, because Apple can innovate faster than anyone else.

~~  Time, October 10, 1999 ~~

Jobs’s Curriculum Vitae (Résumé)

Objective: I’m looking for a fixer-upper with a solid foundation. Am willing to tear down walls, build bridges, and light fires. I have great experience, lots of energy, a bit of that “vision thing” and I’m not afraid to start from the beginning. Skills: That “vision thing,” public speaking, motivating teams, and helping to create really amazing products.

~~  Steve Jobs’s résumé, a placeholder ad to promote iTools, on, January 05, 2000 ~~

Jobs’s Legacy at Apple

If Apple becomes a place where computers are a commodity item, where the romance is gone, and where people forget that computers are the most incredible invention that an has ever invented, I’ll feel I have lost Apple. But if I’m a million miles away, and all those people still feel those things… then I will feel that my genes are still there.

~~  Newsweek, September 29, 1985 ~~


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Evelyn Marie Villers


Evelyn Marie Villers

Age 81, of Auburndale, FL, passed away Thursday, September 29, 2011, at Lakeland Regional Medical Center due to an extended battle with cancer.

She was born March 16, 1930, in Webster County, WV, a daughter of the late Gay Louk and Camilla Cummings Louk.

She was an Auburndale resident since September of 1990, coming from Buckhannon, WV.

She was a member of The Christian Heritage Church in Winter Haven.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Richard L. Villers; three brothers, Clarence, Lawrence and Franklin; four sisters, Virginia, Ruth, Eleanor and Hazel; and one grandson, Matthew Koone.

She is survived by one son, Larry Villers and wife Renea of Murfreesboro, TN; two daughters, Debra Villers of Plant City, FL, and Loretta Koone and husband Kenneth of Hilliard, FL; two sisters, Edith Moore of Madison, WV, and Gathel Jordan of Milton, WV; and six grandchildren, Katie, Cory, Kevin, Preston, Adam and Michael.

Friends called from 6:00 - 8:00 PM Wednesday, October 05, 2011, at Boyle Funeral Home, 322 Main Avenue, Weston, WV.

Funeral services will be held 1:00 PM Thursday, October 06, 2011, at the Boyle Funeral Home Chapel.

Interment will follow in Broad Run Cemetery, Jane Lew, WV.

Boyle Funeral Home, Weston.

Roy Robinson Jr.

Roy Robinson Jr.

Age 83, of Pennsboro, passed away October 02, 2011, at the Glenville Care and Rehab Center in Glenville.

Memorial services will be at a later date at the convenience of the family.

McCullough-Rogers Funeral Home, Pennsboro is assisting the family with arrangements.

Bernice V. Tokarcik


Bernice V. Tokarcik

Age 89, of Buckhannon, died Monday, October 03, 2011, in Colonial Place in Elkins.

She was born May 11, 1922, at Gilmer Station, a daughter of the late Justus G. and Goldie Gay Connor Luzader.

On June 07, 1940 ,she married Steve Paul Tokarcik, who preceded her in death on June 02, 1996.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Madeline Apperson and Dolly Rittenhouse.

She is survived by two sons, Gary S. Tokarcik and wife, Carolyn, of Beverly and Paul E. Tokarcik and wife, Bonnie, of Stonewood; one granddaughter, Pamela Cox of Stonewood; one grandson, Steven Tokarcik of Stonewood; one great-grandson, Lee Cox and wife, Carly, of Stonewood; two great-granddaughters, Haleigh Tokarcik of Clarksburg and Gianna Cox of Stonewood; one brother, Justus Luzader Jr. of Tridelphia; and several nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Tokarcik was a homemaker and a member of Tennerton United Methodist Church of Buckhannon. She graduated from Roosevelt-Wilson High School with the class of 1940.

Friends will be received Thursday, October 06, from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Poling-St. Clair Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be conducted 11:00 AM Friday at the funeral home with the Rev. Jeff Zickefoose and Pastor Richard Settles officiating.

Burial will follow in Heavner Cemetery in Buckhannon.

Poling-St. Clair Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Vello Calvin (Robbie) Robinson


Vello Calvin (Robbie) Robinson

81, of Big Springs, West Virginia, passed away October 04, 2011 at Charleston Area Medical Center.

He was born in Falls Mills, Braxton County WV.

He was a Marine Corps veteran of the Korean War. He was owner of Robbie’s Furniture in Grantsville WV.

Surviving are his wife, Betty Ford Robinson; one daughter, Charlotte Davidson of Cleveland, Ohio; eight grandchildren, Brandi, Dysert, Alicia (Scooter) Shaffer, Zane, Sara, Destiny, Lena and Nicolai.

Service arrangements will be made at a later date.

Stump Funeral Home of Grantsville is in charge of arrangements.

Argil Matthew Blake


Argil Matthew Blake

Age 62, of 311 1/2 Water St., Weston passed away on Sunday, October 02, 2011 at his daughter’s home following an extended illness.

He was born in Lewis County on August 18, 1949: son of the late Matthew Blake and Kathlene (Thayer) Blake.

Mr. Blake is also survived by three daughters: Lori Norene Blake of Ohio, Mary Virginia Golden and Terri Ann Blake both of Weston, three sons: Argil Webb and Tony Webb both of Ohio, and Jerry Blake of Weston , several grandchildren: three sisters: Linda Strader of Ohio, Helen Walden of Mill Creek, and Karen Cutright of Buckhannon, two brothers: Larry Blake of Horner, and Tom Blake of Parkersburg; along with several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Blake was preceded in death by one sister: Georgie Ann Cutright.

Mr. Blake was an equipment operator for Benedum & Sons. He was a member of the Loyal Order of Moose Lodge #1376 in Weston and loved to hunt and fish.

Mr. Blake was a veteran of the United States Army.

Family and friends will be received at the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home 730 N. Main Avenue Weston on Wednesday, October 05, 2011 from 11:00 AM until 1:00 PM.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday at 1:00 PM from the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home chapel with Reverend Mike Riffle officiating.

Interment will follow services in Peterson Cemetery of Oil Creek, WV.

Full military honors will be conducted by the Lewis County Honor Guard.

Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is in charge of arrangements for Argil Matthew Blake.

Victor L. Utt, Sr.


Victor L. Utt, Sr.

Age 83, of Sutton, WV, died on October 01, 2011 at Braxton County Memorial Hospital.

He was born on July 07, 1928, in Braxton County, WV, to the late Roy Hurshel Utt and Hattie Dillon Utt.

Victor was a member of the Seven Day Advent Church. He was a Korean War Veteran, and worked as a Timber Cutter, Coal Miner, and a Cement Finisher.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Violet Rose Holmes Utt, his brother Hurshel, his daughter Barbara Utt, his half brother Junior, and his half sister Virginia.

He is survived by his daughters; Karen and husband Charles Shaffer and Sharon and husband Burnell Hosey, all of Sutton, sons; Michael Utt and his wife Terrie of Grafton,OH, Victor L. Utt Jr. and his wife Linda of Gassaway, WV, Dennis L. Utt and his wife Lorie , Thomas Utt and his wife Tracy, Bryan Utt and his wife Kindra , Jerry Utt and his wife Tonya all of Sutton, his brother Granville Hosey of Weston, WV, sisters; Annie Call of Glenville, WV, Rita Fullwood of Fort White, FL, and Jenny Gelts of Oil City, PA, Half-Brothers; Henry Utt of Sutton, and Roy Utt of Sutton, Half-Sisters; Pauline Ferrell of Wheeling, WV, Barbara Cabanass of Roanoke, VA, Carolyn Hambric of Martinsburg, WV, and Evelyn Chaffins of Sutton,  16 Grandchildren, and 18 Great-Grandchildren.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, October 04, 2011 at 1:00 PM at Greene-Robertson Funeral Home with the Pastor Alvie Loyd officiating.

Friends called on Monday, October 03, 2011 from 6:00 - 8:00 PM at Green Robertson Funeral Home.

Greene-Robertson Funeral Home is humbled to serve the Utt Family.

Helen Bates


Helen Bates

Age 73, of Pink Community, Arnoldsburg, WV, passed away October 04, 2011 at her home.

She was born in Louisville, Kentucky, a daughter of Jim and Opal Dillon Feltner.

Surviving are her children, Gary Bates of Berkley Springs WV, Wayne Bates of Tennessee , David Bates of Maryland, and Paula Bates of North Carolina; one brother, Earl Feltner of Virginia.

Private services will be held at the convenience of the family.

Stump Funeral Home of Arnoldsburg is in charge of arrangements.

Mary Lucile Dotson


Mary Lucile Dotson

Age 88, of Pennsboro, formerly a resident of Love and Care Assisted Living in Parkersburg, passed away October 03, 2011 at the Camden Clark Medical Center, Memorial Campus in Parkersburg.

She was born September 23, 1923 on Buck Run, Ritchie County, a daughter of the late Elias Robert Dotson and Martha (Washburn) Dotson.

Lucile retired from the Franklin County Board of Education, where she was a secretary for the School System in Columbus, Ohio. She was a Pennsboro High graduate of 1941 and attended Mountain State Business College.

Most importantly, she was a lifelong member of the Pennsboro Church of Christ.

Surviving is her brother, Leslie Dotson and wife Wilma of Pennsboro and 12 nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by three brothers, Berkley, Lloyd, and Ora Dotson; sister, Delcie Jackson; and nephew, Marshall Dotson.

Funeral services will be 11:00 AM Wednesday at the McCullough-Rogers Funeral Home, Pennsboro with Evangelist Terry Jones officiating.

Interment will follow at the Ellenboro Masonic Cemetery.

Visitation will be 6:00 - 8:00 PM Tuesday.

Memorial contributions may be made to Love and Care, P.O. Box 1512, Parkersburg, WV 26102 or the WV Christian Youth Camp, 104 Kennywood Drive, Fairmont, WV 26554.

Cozetta R. Saffle


Cozetta R. Saffle

Age 72, of Lodi, OH passed away unexpectedly at her home on Saturday, September 24, 2011.

She was born December 29, 1938 in Glenville, WV to Daily and Odna (Pritt) Whisman.

She moved to the Lodi, OH area around 1960 and was a former employee of PAR Industries in Medina.

She is survived by: 3 sons, Michael Whisman of Lodi; Vincent (Angela) Whisman of West Salem; Delbert Linn (Rachael) Saffle of Chippewa Lake. 7 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren, 3 sisters, Patty Graham of Middleburg Hts., OH; Peggy Whisman of Lodi, OH; Burlin (Roger) Saffle of Medina, OH.

She was preceded in death by her parents; 2 sisters, Kathleen and Judy; and 4 brothers, Charles, John, Freddie and Burl Whisman.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, September 28, 2011 at 11:00 AM at the Parker Funeral Home, 210 Medina St., Lodi (330.948.1122). Rev. Bobby Wheeler officiated.

Burial followed at Waltz Cemetery, Lafayette, OH.

Visitation was Tuesday from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM and 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 525 N. Broad St., Canfield, OH 44406.

Edna Mae Stone Snavely


Edna Mae Stone Snavely

Age 41 of Pennsboro passed away October 01, 2011 as a result of an auto accident in Ritchie County.

She was born August 14, 1970 in Marion, VA a daughter of Muncy and Laura (Kinney) Stone of Pennsboro.

Edna was a U. S. Marine Corps veteran and was enrolled at Salem College.

Family was her first priority in life. She dearly loved her two girls and her beloved cat Boots.

Surviving are her daughters Elizabeth Mae Desisto and Katherine “Kat” Ann Stone of Pennsboro, brother Guy Stone of Marion, VA and sister Lou Ramsey of Pennsboro.

Funeral services will be Tuesday 2:00 PM at the McCullough-Rogers Funeral Home, Pennsboro with Pastor John Kopshina officiating.

Interment will follow at the Mt. Harmony Masonic Cemetery, Pennsboro.

Visitation will be one hour prior to services.

Lola N. Kraft Beamer


Lola N. Kraft Beamer

Went to be with her Savior on September 29, 2011, while residing in Elyria, Ohio.

She was born December 22, 1939, in Milroy, Braxton County, the daughter of James B. “Barney” Krafft and Genevieve Mollohan Krafft.

Surviving are her sons, Robert L. (Tammy) Beamer, Richard L. (Terrie) Beamer, Rondal Lance Beamer and Rickie Lewis (Jennifer) Beamer; grandchildren, Jennifer Beamer Hutson, Jonathan Beamer, Crystall Beamer, Codie Beamer and Dallas Beamer; great-grandchildren, Makena Beamer and Elisabeth Beamer; brothers, Arnold Krafft and Delmas Krafft; sisters, Judy Krafft, Norma Beamer and Donna Krafft Long; and many nephews and nieces.

She was preceded in death by her parents; infant daughter, Robin Lynn Beamer; a grandson, Christopher Beamer; three brothers, Blair Krafft, Farrel Krafft and Arden Krafft; and one sister, Lorena Krafft.

A loving daughter and mother, Lola was a dedicated nurse working at Elyria Memorial Hospital until retirement at which point she returned home to West Virginia to care for her parents and worked at United Hospital Center and various nursing homes in the area until her health failed.

Services will be held at a future date.

Spurgeon Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Susie Melissie Cawthon


Susie Melissie Cawthon

Age 74, formerly of Weston, died Monday, September 26, 2011, at Holbrook Nursing Home, Buckhannon, following an extended illness.

She was born January 20, 1937, in Gilmer County, a daughter of the late Thomas Vankirk and Merel G. Ball Vankirk.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Willis Glen Vankirk and Walter James Vankirk; and one sister, Peggy Jo Steel.

She is survived by one son, Charles J. Cawthon of Weston; one daughter, Louise Hollen of Buckhannon; three grandchildren, Terry Stalnaker, Rebecca Simons and Elizabeth Cawthon; four great-grandchildren, Joshua Stalnaker, Katlyn Riddle, Ceirra Riddle and Kylie Stalnaker; one brother, Ernie Darrell Vankirk; and several nieces and nephews.

Susie had previously worked at the Lewis County Senior Center as a personal care provider.

She enjoyed attending church and was Methodist by faith.

She also loved to sew.

Cremation services provided by Boyle Funeral Home, Weston.

Jennifer Marie Stump


Jennifer Marie Stump

Age 42, of Jane Lew, died Sunday, September 18, 2011, at Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown, following an extended illness.

She was born March 13, 1969, in Weston, a daughter of Eva Jean Collins Ramsey of Jane Lew and the late Jack Madison Ramsey.

In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by one sister, Waneta Irene Riddle.

She is survived by her husband of seven years, Billy Hugh Stump Sr.; one son, Christopher Loyd Michael of Jane Lew; two step-sons, Terry Lee Mellinger of Buckhannon, and Billy Hugh Stump Jr. of Jane Lew; one step-grandchild, Ivy Vanessa Mellinger of Buckhannon; two brothers, Jesse Ramsey and Don Ramsey, both of Jane Lew; three sisters-in-law, Thelma Ball of Buckhannon, Rachel Stump of Buckhannon and Evelyn McMillion of Jane Lew; four brothers-in-law, Donald Beane of Jane Lew, Rick Stump of Jane Lew, David Stump of Jane Lew and Alexander Stump of Lost Creek; and several nieces and nephews.

Jennifer had previously worked in health care as a housekeeper and later as an aide.

She was a member of Horizons Church, Lost Creek.

She loved animals and flowers and enjoyed the outdoors.

Friends were received Thursday, September 22, at Boyle Funeral Home, Weston. Funeral services were held at 7:00 PM Thursday, September 22, at the Boyle Funeral Home Chapel with Don Skidmore officiating.

Interment will follow at a later date in Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens, Weston.

Earl Winton Allen


Earl Winton Allen

Age 78, of 263 Carrion Run Road Roanoke, passed away on September 07, 2011, following an extended illness.

He was born on August 28, 1933;  son of the late Elbert Allen and Carrie (Bradford) Allen.

His wife, Christine Marie Daniel, of 50 years preceded him in death in March of 2003.

Earl is survived by two sons, Ronald Allen and David Allen both of Fairdale.  Also surviving are six grandkids, Joni, Ashley, Kelsey, Emily, Chad, Ronald (Rondo), Seth; and one very special great-granddaughter, Kierstien. In addition to his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, he is survived by two nephews, Emmett Daniel, and one special nephew, Jim Hurst of Roanoke.  Also, a very close friend, Matthew Snyder Jr. of Roanoke.

Earl was retired from the United States Marine Corps and served three tours of duty in the Vietnam War where he received the Bronze Star and numerous other combat awards. He later worked as a heavy equipment operator qualified to operate almost every type of equipment.  Mr. Allen was a very unique old Timer who enjoyed hunting, fishing and the wonderful outdoors. He also took a special interest in helping others.  Mr. Allen will be sadly missed by all who know him.

At the request of Mr. Allen there was no public viewing or formal funeral services.

A graveside services will be held at a later date at the convenience of the family.

Lula Belle Kincaid


Lula Belle Kincaid

Age 73, died Saturday, September 24, 2011, at her residence.

She was born March 28, 1938, in Duffy, a daughter of the late O.A. Boggs and the late Rosa Gay “Hazel” McCartney Boggs.

Lula was a 1955 graduate of Walkersville High School and was a homemaker.

She married her husband, Gerald Kincaid October 19, 1956, and they moved to Howland to start a family.

She attended Warren Baptist Temple in Ohio and Elijah Chapel in West Virginia.

Her passion was sewing; especially lap quilts which she would donate to area nursing homes. She enjoyed playing bingo and spending time with her family. She was also a proud 25 year breast cancer survivor.

Lula is survived by her daughters, Sharon A. Thompson of Howland and Barbara Ann (Ronald) Baumgartner of Howland; her sister, Shirley (Dan) Webster of Ireland; grandchildren, Brooke (Craig) Hoffman of Warren, Emily Baumgartner of Pittsburgh, PA, Bridget Baumgartner of Boardman, Andrew Baumgartner of Howland; great-grandchild, Sharise Herlinger of Howland; and several nieces and nephews.

Other than her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Gerald Kincaid who passed away January 31, 2004, five brothers and one sister.

Service were held at 1:00 PM on Tuesday, September 27, at the Carl W. Hall Funeral Home, where Pastor Jim Dittmar officiated.

Friends were received one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

Burial was in Howland Township Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that material contributions be made to either the Warren Baptist Temple, 2093 Ewalt Avenue NE, Warren, Ohio 44483 or the Elijah Chapel, c/o Shirley Webster, 3483 Wildcat Road, Ireland, West Virginia, 26376, in her memory.

Delmas Franklin Sprouse


Delmas Franklin Sprouse

Age 68 of Parkersburg, departed this life at 2:26 AM Thursday, September 29, 2011 in St. Joseph Hospital (Parkersburg) following a one week illness.

He was born on February 21, 1943 at Letter Gap (Gilmer County), son of the late Lytle and Hazel Grimes Sprouse.

Delmas retired from Walker Steel (Parkersburg), and was a former employee of the Wood County Board of Education.

He was baptized into the Upper Steer Run Baptist Church (Normantown WV) on July 08 1956, where he was presently a member at his death.

Delmas loved the lord, his church, his family and his fellowman.

He was jovial and caring. He loved the outdoors, especially hunting and fishing, playing his guitar and studying God’s word.

He is survived by several sisters and brothers: Elaine (Roy) Morris, Janice Hendershot, Carol Harper, Verle Sprouse, Corlis (Randy) Stump all of Normantown WV. Betty Jenkins of Glenville WV, Eileen (Mike) Richardson of Spencer WV, Janette (Dave)Ramezan of Sand Fork WV, Sharon (Doyle) Zirkle of Mabie WV, Stephen (Carol) Sprouse, Kenneth Sprouse and Colin Sprouse all of Normantown WV, and Numerous nieces, nephews, grand and great nieces and nephews.

He was formerly married to Earnestine Moss Sprouse who also survives.

Preceding Delmas in death was his son Joseph Stanley Sprouse, brothers Roger Lytle Sprouse and infant brother Calvin Len Sprouse,  Brother-in-Law Willard Hendershot, Glen Jenkins and Sam Harper, 2 Nephews preceding Scott Morris and Kennard Jenkins, and great grandniece Alece Tatman.

Funeral services will be conducted at 10:00 AM Sunday, October 02, 2011 at the Upper Steer Run Baptist Church, Normantown WV, with Rev. Roger Stewart and Rev. Mike Richardson officiating.

Burial will follow in the Turner Cemetery in Lockney WV (Middle Run).

Friends may call 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM Saturday at the Ellyson Mortuary Inc. (Glenville WV) and one hour prior to services at the church.

Ellyson Mortuary Inc. is assisting the family of Delmas F. Sprouse with arrangements.

Robert Frank Leady


Robert Frank Leady

On Saturday, September 24, 2011 Robert Frank Leady, age 78, went home to be with his Lord and Savior, after a brief stay at Delaware Hospice Center in Milford, DE.

Known as Bob, he resided in Auburn, WV for the last 24 years, formerly of Salem and Gloucester Counties.

Devoted husband of 59 years to Ann Leady, he was a loving father to Ruthann (Michael) Arthur of Dover, DE; Barry (Robin) Leady of Prosperity, PA; Donna (Michael) Stipa of Tucson, AZ; Brian (Carla) Leady of Alloway, NJ; and PopPop to 11 grandchidren and 9 great grandchildren. He is survived by his brother, Don Leady of Barnsboro, NJ and his sister, Illeane Pierce of Westville, NJ.

Predeceased are his parents, Orvan and Thelma Leady and sister Thelma Conley.

Bob served during 1951-1955 with the US Navy aboard the USS Everglade and USS Sierra. He retired from New Jersey Bell Telephone Company as a repairman after 27 years.

He and Ann attended Camden Flats Baptist Church in Glenville, WV.

Bob loved spending time with family and helping others, and he knew no strangers. He and Ann remodeled seven homes together. Bob made his final home living on a 111 acre farm in the hills of West Virginia after his retirement.

Relatives and friends are invited to remember and celebrate Bob’s life at a graveside service at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, September 28, 2011 at Chicory Chapel Cemetery, 607 Monroeville, NJ 08343.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Bob’s memory to the White Children Fund at The Bank, 125 Salem-Woodstown Road, Salem, NJ 08079.

‘A Life Well Lived Is Worth Remembering.‘

Arrangements are by Woodside Funeral Home.

A. Morris Clemans


A. Morris Clemans

Age 78, of 5870 US Highway 19N Jane Lew passed away on Wednesday, September 28, 2011 in Crestview Nursing Home of Jane Lew following a brief illness.

He was born in Benson Harrison County on April 24, 1933: son of the late Arnett Clemans and Mary Ruth “Sally” (Morris) Clemans.

On August 03, 1962, he married Janice L. (Hughes) Clemans, who survives.

Mr. Clemans is also survived by one son: Alan M. Clemans of Cross Lanes. He is also survived by one niece: Betty Jo Fridley of Lost Creek and two nephews: Dr. W. Michael McDonald of Jane Lew and James McDonald of Lost Creek.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Clemans was preceded in death by one sister: Anna Mae McDonald.

Mr. Clemans was a school teacher and principal in Harrison County for 33 years. He graduated from Unidus High School of West Milford. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Salem College and his Master’s degree at West Virginia University.

Mr. Clemans was a veteran of the United States Army serving as a sergeant during the Korean Conflict. He served in Germany with the 14th Armed Cavalry Regiment. He loved to farm and was an avid Turkey hunter. Mr. Clemans was a member of the Lions Club of West Milford.

Family and friends will be received at the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home 730 N. Main Avenue Weston on Friday, September 30, 2011 from 4:00 - 8:00 PM.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, October 01, 2011 at 11:00 AM from the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home chapel with Reverend Bill Coffindaffer officiating, assisted by Reverend Tim Hughes.

Interment will follow services in Broad Run Cemetery of Jane Lew, WV. Full military honors will be conducted by the Lewis County Honor Guard.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to: Peoples Hospice P.O. Box 1680 Clarksburg, WV 26301.

Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is in charge of arrangements for A. Morris Clemans.

Thornton Tharp


Thornton Tharp

Age 78 of York, PA passed away on July 24, 2011 at his home.

He was preceded in death by his parents Loyd Rader Tharp and Ruth “Toots” Johnson Tharp.

Thornton was born at Flatwoods, WV on September 27, 1932.

He spent most of his life as a desk clerk for various hotels in New York and Philadelphia before coming back to York, PA. He was an Army veteran.

Thornton is survived by sisters Lola (Thomas) Strickler, York, PA and Sharon (Dave) Irwin, York, PA and brother Michael (Laura) Tharp, Kalamath Falls, OR; several nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews and many cousins.

The body has been cremated.

Graveside services were held on Tuesday, September 27, 2011 at 11 AM at the Flatwoods Cemetery where he was buried beside his parents. Rev. Dana Friend officiated.

Frank “ Bill “ Mohr


Frank “ Bill “ Mohr

Age 83 of LaGrange, Ohio went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday September 27, 2011 at the Keystone Pointe Rehab Center in LaGrange.

He was born August 28, 1928 in Orton, West Virginia to the late Riley and Sarah ( Hashman ) Mohr.

He proudly served in the US Army and on September 23, 1955 he married Josephine Conrad.

They spent 54 wonderful years together in LaGrange until she passed away in 2009.

Mr. Mohr was a member of the Solid Rock Missionary Baptist Church.

He enjoyed gospel bluegrass music, riding 4-wheelers and attending car shows with his 1955 Ford Crown Victoria. He had spent most of his life working as a carpenter and helped both his children build their first homes.

He is survived by his two children daughter Rhonda Smith and son Marty ( Cheryl) Mohr, both of LaGrange. He was blessed with 5 grandchildren Jennifer Smith of Charlotte, NC,  David ( Kendra) Smith of Shaker Hgts, OH, Jeremiah ( Miranda ) Mohr of Normantown, WV, Billy Jo (Jason) Fralick of Sullivan, OH, Jessica (Brandon) Randall of LaGrange and 8 great grandchildren, Madison, Eve, James, Gage,Brooke, Smantha, Olivia ,Cayden and by brothers Shirrell “Ring” ( Vonnie )Mohr, Glen ( Zeta) Mohr, and sister Wilda ( Charles ) Jenkins.

He was preceded in death by his parents Riley and Sarah Mohr, his loving wife Josephine, brothers Chandos (Tiny) Mohr, Duefold Mohr and James Mohr.

Friends may call in the Blackburn-Duke Funeral Home 1021 Main St. Grafton OH, on Thursday from 5:00 – 8:00 PM.

Mr. Mohr will then be taken to the Ellyson Mortuary in Glenville, WV for visitation Friday evening from 5:00 – 8:00 PM.

Burial will follow Saturday morning at 11:00 AM with a graveside service at the Oak Grove Cemetery, Normantown, WV.

The family would like to extend their sincere thanks and appreciation to the staff at Keystone Pointe for their wonderful care and service.

Ellyson Mortuary Inc. is assisting the family of Frank Mohr with local arrangements.

Ryan Shylo Tant


Ryan Shylo Tant

Age 28 of Gluck Run, Glenville departed this life at 11:30 PM, Saturday, September 24, 2011 at his residence following an unexpected illness.

He was born March 18, 1978 in El Paso, TX the son of Terri Courtright Tant of Parkersburg and the late Marion “Bud” Tant.

Shylo was an employee of B & B Bonding as a bondsman.  He loved collecting coins and was an avid four-wheeler.

He is survived by two sons:  Austin and Logan Tant and his companion of 7 years Crystal Wallbrown.

Other survivors include:  a brother, Shawn M. Tant of Parkersburg; two half-brothers John Tant of Vienna and Michael Tant of Belpre, OH.

Shylo was preceded in death by one sister, Jani-e Vancoy.

Funeral services will be conducted at 1:00 PM, Thursday, September 29, 2011 at the Ellyson Mortuary, Inc., Glenville with Rev. Alfred Hickman officiating.

Burial will follow in the Tanner Baptist Cemetery, Tanner.

Friends may call 5:00 – 8:00 PM, Wednesday at the Mortuary.

Ellyson Mortuary, Inc. is assisting the family of Ryan Shylo Tant with arrangements.

Golda Mae Patrick Facemire


Golda Mae Patrick Facemire

Age 90, of Fairfax, VA formally of Sutton, WV died on Saturday, September 24, 2011, at Henrico Doctors Hospital in Richmond, VA.

She was born November 20, 1920 in Spencer, WV she was the daughter of the late Elijah and Esta Mae Larch Patrick.

Golda worked for the Braxton County Sheriffs office as Deputy Clerk when her husband was Sheriff. She later worked as a Dining Room Manager after moving to Fairfax.

Golda was a Christian by Faith and a member of the Eastern Star and Order of the Amaranth.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and husband Cecil Clay Facemire.

Surviving her are son; David and wife Vicki Facemire of Springfield, VA and daughter; Sharon and husband John DePue of Mechanicsville, VA, sister; Mary Thompson of Huntington, WV and 5 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild and a host of family and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM on Thursday, September 29, 2011, at Greene-Robertson Funeral Home with Rev. Linn Schiefer officiating.

Burial will follow in the Sutton Cemetery, Sutton, WV.

Friends may call one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

Jessie W. “Shay” McClain


Jessie W. “Shay” McClain

Age 79 of Pennsboro, passed away September 24, 2011 at the Camden Clark Memorial Hospital.

He was born February 22, 1932 in Lynch, KY, a son of the late Willard and Mary McClain.

Mr. McClain retired after 20 years as a machinist for Republic Steel in Cleveland, OH. He was a U. S. Army veteran of the Korean War where he was a Prisoner of War for over three years. Shay was an avid golfer and fisherman and loved to “tinker” on things in his garage.

Surviving is his wife of 57 years, Gloria Sue (Jarrell) McClain, four sons: Bruce McClain (Ginger) of Phoenix, AZ, Steve McClain of New Martinsville, Rocky McClain (Lynn) of Mountain and Bryan McClain of New Martinsville, three daughters: Sharri James (Lonnie) of Greenwood, Cindi Lawson (John) of Clarksburg and Missy McKinnon (Ed) of Elm Grove, a stepbrother Rocky McClain (Dianne) of Martinsville, IN and sister Rena Anthis (Mark) of Terra Haute, IN.

Also surviving are his nine grandchildren: Kerri Leonard, Josh McClain, Amber Lawson, Bradley McClain, Eddie McKinnon, Andrew McKinnon, Eric McKinnon, Samantha Lawson and John Steven McClain and four great grandchildren: Alyssa, Hunter, Hannah and Travis.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a brother Bill McClain and grandson John Lawson III.

Funeral services will be Tuesday 11:00 AM at the McCullough-Rogers Funeral Home, Pennsboro.

Interment will follow at the Wilbur Cemetery.

Visitation will be Monday 5:00 - 8:00 PM.

Arthur Ray “Phil” Johnson


Arthur Ray “Phil” Johnson

Age 65, of Napier died at his residence on September 18, 2011 after a short illness.

He was born on May 31, 1946 in Sutton the son of the late Clarence and Sylvia Johnson.

Phil is survived by his daughters; Mary Henry and Jennifer Reynolds both of Youngstown, OH and his son; Phillip Andrew Johnson of Youngstown, brothers; Tony Tingler , Bill Tingler, D.T. Tingler, and Doug Tingler all of Sutton, and Jack Tingler of Gassaway, his sisters; Peggy Goddard of Beltsville, MD, Rose Morrison of Oakhill, WV,  Karen Kywa of Amherst, OH, Rita M. Tonkin of Burnsville, and Sherri Tingler of Sutton, 9 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. 

At Phil’s request there will be no service the body has been cremated.

Greene-Robertson Funeral Home in Sutton is in charge of the arrangements.

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